The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and the subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit was the most significant event in the history of the human race. Its implications were not only felt in the first century, but continue to be felt today, as the resurrected Christ continues to spread His reign and rule in the hearts of men everywhere.
Let us look at some of those implications. First of all for the apostles: prior to seeing the risen Lord, they were all huddled in an upper room with the doors locked for fear of the Jews. After the resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, they are in the middle of Jerusalem proclaiming that Jesus is the promised Messiah and that He rose from the dead and everyone who believes on Him will be saved. Peter, who once denied his Lord for fear of being arrested, is now fearlessly and boldly proclaiming to the world that Jesus is the Christ. All of the apostles, except for John, went on to seal their testimony with their blood.
Skeptics have tried to come up with theories regarding the empty tomb and resurrection appearances of Christ, but none of these theories even comes close to explaining the transformed lives of the apostles and hundreds of millions of people since then, who bear testimony to the work of the risen Christ in their lives. In fact the scripture tells us that there will be “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” standing before the throne and worshiping God and the Lamb.
Secondly we’ll look at the implications of the resurrection to the world. The resurrection validates all of Christ’s claims to be the Son of God and Savior of the world. It testifies to the world that the Word of God is true. As Paul states in citing an early Christian creed (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), everything about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was done in accordance with scripture.
Finally, the implications of the resurrection to us believers: We have the joy of knowing that God has accepted Christ’s payment on the cross for our sins; we have access to the throne of God through our advocate; we no longer fear death, because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord; and we can live victorious Christian lives through the power of the risen Christ. Amen!